Lea's PhD project deals with the history of microscopy in the mid-nineteenth century. At a time when science, technology and medicine became increasingly professional and exclusive of amateurs, microscopists sought to counteract the amateur/professional divide. An interdisciplinary community of microscopists emerged, which relied on far-reaching networks for exchanging publications, instruments and specimens.
Lea's research regards circulating microscopy artefacts – ranging from publications to instruments and specimens – as a primary factor in connecting microscopists, asking how these artefacts spurred the formation of a very diverse microscopy community.
Building on the nineteenth-century model of amateur/professional collaboration, present-day amateur citizen scientists will be invited to an online investigation of nineteenth-century microscopy illustrations.
Lea's PhD research is funded by an NWO PhDs in the Humanities grant.
Most recent publications:
Beiermann, L., Robinson, S., Baumhammer, M., Belteki, D., Chambers, A. C., Gibbons, K., Guimont, E., Heffner, K., Hill, E-L., Houghton, J., McCahey, D., Qidwai, S., Sleigh, C., Sugden, N., & Sumner, J. (2020). Innovation in a crisis: rethinking conferences and scholarship in a pandemic and climate emergency. British Journal for the History of Science, 53(4), 575-590. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007087420000497
Beiermann, L., & Wesseling, E. (2020). Physiology and Philhellenism in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Self-Fashioning of Emil du Bois-Reymond. Science in Context, 33(1), 19-35. . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0269889720000101
Beiermann, L. (Author). (2019). Worlds of Wonder: Tracing Historical Scientific Networks Through Crowdsourcing. Web publication/site, Maasticht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. https://fasos-research.nl/mosahistoria/worlds-of-wonder/
Beiermann, L. (Author). (2019). Worlds of Wonder: Tracing Microscopy Illustrations on Zooniverse. Web publication/site, Biodiversity Heritage Library. https://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org/2019/04/worlds-of-wonder.html